A Brush with the Broads – Year 2; 24 – 28 September 2015

abwtbposter Quick Draw Poster1905 copy

I haven’t blogged for a while  excuses excuses, I’ve been plannig the 2nd year of the  Original

“Open” 4 Day Plein Air Festival in th UK and getting ready for Patchings Art Festival that happened last week.

I’m now catching up with myself before taking a group to France on a Painting Holiday

on 20 June.
A Brush with the Broads is a non-profit making event
Its aims are:
Inspiring …………. each other whether amateur or professional
Educating……….. through demonstrations and workshops
Socialising ……… having fun, sharing experiences
Exhibiting ……..the work produced over the festival
and Bringing a new audience to the Broads National Park that will return and increase year on year adding to the local tourism economy.

Broads based artist Linda Matthews was as surprised as any one to be awarded £4930.00 by Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTBIA) towards the cost of running and promoting the second year of A Brush with the Broads the original and only four day outdoor painting festival in the United Kingdom.
valeriepirlotValerie Pirlot Winner 2014

<<<<<<“Boats Early Evening Hickling”



Oliver Hatton 2nd Prize 2014 – “Beach Tractor” – Oil >>>>>


Haidee-Jo Summers

Rosemary & Co Prize

“Boathouse Hickling”   Oil >>>>>

For the inaugural A Brush with the Broads  in September 2014 plein air artists from local amateurs  to internationally recognised, many of whom had never visited Norfolk previously painted within  the Broads area over four days at the end of September.  Most were staying at  Clippesby Hall Holiday Park where they attended along with the public, evening demonstrations by Devonshire artist Louise Bougourd, Lincolnshire’s Haidee-Jo Summers and Surrey based Melanie Cambridge, there were also watercolour and brush making demonstrations from Calder colour and Rosemary and Co Brushes.
In September 2015 as well as painting out in the Broads National Park, on Friday and Saturday there will be more painting demonstrations at Clippesby Hall, Linda has engaged Abanji Alade an Associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, ever popular Haidee-Jo Summers is returning, and local war artist Douglas Farthing MBE will be talking about painting whilst on tour with the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, with Two Rivers paper company from Somerset, and Rosemary & Co Brushes from Yorkshire demonstrating paper making and brush making respectively.
Lincolnshire artist  Mo Teeuw will be leading a free ticketed painting workshop for the public, in the marquee at Sea Life Centre Gardens on Marine Parade Great Yarmouth on Sunday 27 September, prior to the participating artists taking part in a “Quick Draw”
painting between Britannia Pier and the Pleasure Beach:
“The artists draw their brushes from their quiver as an archer would his arrows, and paint a masterpiece in 2 hours. Its exciting and fun to see the different interpretations and styles, far more interesting than watching paint dry”
The Quick Draw paintings will be displayed on the artists easels in the marquee when the painting time is finished.
These paintings along with the others produced over the festival by the artists will be on exhibition for sale on the evening of Monday 28 September at The Boathouse on Ormesby Broad. Where 10% of all sales will go to Nelson’s Journey Norfolk’s charity for bereaved children, last year A Brush with the Broads raised nearly £500.
Working with Great Yarmouth businesses, Clippesby Hall for accommodation, demonstration and social facilities and the Boathouse on Ormesby Broad for the finale exhibition and sale of work, the event extends the main season and shows off some of the Broads best facilities
Along with new comers, over sixty percent of artists who participated in 2014 have signed up for 2015, A Brush with the Broads is an Open event for amateur and professional, local, national and international painters, there is no selection process. It’s is  an opportunity for artists to  inspire and  learn from each other, there is a little bit of competition for  cash and art material prizes.

The 2015 event has been promoted at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and at Excel in London last November and  at Patching’s Arts Festival in Nottinghamshire at the beginning of this month.
Linda  will also be going to Tucson Arizona to the Plein Air Convention in April 2016 to try and attract some of the 800+ painters, who attend that event annually from around the world, to come to the Broads.
Linda intends A Brush with the Broads not only to attract artists to the Broads to paint, every year,  continuing the legacy of the Broads inspiring artists but hopes that the  finale exhibition will also attract art buyers to visit the Broads National Park  “ With the caliber of artists attending, it is too good an opportunity to miss.”

Artists pay to take part in A Brush with the Broads as well as a whole festival pass there are Day passes, Demonstration only and Quick Draw only tickets available. Participating artists will be recognisable by their red , last year it was blue, baseball caps with the A Brush with the Broads logo on

Website:       abrushwiththebroads.co.uk

Location:     Clippesby Hall Holiday Park  Great Yarmouth NR29 3BL
Marine Parade  Great Yarmouth  NR30 3AH
The Boathouse on Ormesby Broad  NR29 3LP

Contact:       Linda Matthews
Broad Skies Gallery Ludham Bridge;
Norfolk NR29 5NX
Tel:                01692 630485
email:            linda@broadskiesgallery.co.uk

Funding from the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd has helped to bring you A Brush with the Broads. The GYTABIA uses money raised from a business improvement district levy to raise the profile of the area increase the number of people visiting and staying, improve the visitor experience and increase repeat visits, encourage people to stay longer and to visit more attractions, providing more incentives and opportunities to spend more in local businesse.

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